In a move media watchers, Bostonians and lots of folks on Twitter are hailing as "classy," the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe Friday thanking the city for their hospitality and sportsmanship.
Chicago Tribune hockey writer Chis Kuc shared a photo of the ad Friday:
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 28, 2013
Signed by the Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough and team owner Rocky Wirtz, the letter said in part the organization was "touched by what happened off the ice."
The moving letter also made mention to the Boston Marathon bombing in April:
“Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.”
The ad hit news stands in Boston as the Blackhawks prepped for their victory rally in Chicago Friday morning.
In addition to setting a good example of what sportsmanship can look like at the pro level, the Blackhawks ad ensured when it comes to bitter hockey rivalries, the Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs (or possibly the Vancouver Canucks) remains number one.